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Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 6:00pm EST
. only some african forces. and french soldiers. the fear is, with no rule of law, there will be mob justice. after days of killing, some people have had enough. they're out for revenge. nasane mushiri, bangui. >> coast to coast, a deadly combination, creating dangerous driving conditions across much of the country and over 1500 flights have been cancelled nationwide. al jazeera usher careshi with more. >> while the snow that fell most of the day in the area has stopped, i dot has given it the all clear, but the arctic temperatures continue. the high reaching the lower 20s was reached about 9:00 in the morning today and those temperatures are dropping. by about 7:30 this evening when the bears are playing the dallas cowboys the temperature will be about 16°. it will feel more like below zero at that time and chicagoans are going to have to continuing to bundle up. there have been arctic conditions as far south as texas, also incidents in minnesota when they got two feet of snow, pileups in wisconsin on sunday, 30 pileups between chicago and milwaukee, a result of those slick conditi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 4:00pm EST
law there will be mob justice. after days of killing some people have had enough. ftc they're out for revenge. nasane mashiri, al jazeera, bangui. >> the majority of the crircht nation overthrown by muslim rebels. the clock is ticking once again for congress for lawmakers, it is the final week of the year. both houses in washington at the same time both houses facing a laundry list of items to be voted on. the biggest is of course the budget. to avoid a shutdown like happened in october. libby casey, what happens if congress doesn't meet its end of the year deadline? >> the first deadline we're coming up really fast friday, december the 13th. this is when 29 members of the house and senate a budget conference committee to put out their proposal on how to keep this government running and funded. paul ryan chairman of the house and patty murray, one republican one democrat engaging in talks, don't expect them to come up with a big proposal but a modest proposal could keep the government funded and running past the next deadline we're watching, january 15th. that's the real one. this fri
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
attention from the rollout from his health care law. he struck a nerve when he talked about the middle class and how many americans are learning. we'll take a look at this with an american who knows what it's like to live that way. first, mike viqueira at the white house >> the facts are beyond dispute. the government sought to highlight the gap between the rich and poof. he was up to two themes. these are themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the gap between rich and poor and talking about trying to raise the minimum wage. he got behind that, backing a height or legislation and congress that's $0.10 an hour. many states are moving on their own. the president deniably is trying to shore up a political base after a rocky rollout of healthcare.gov. democrats are dispirited. this is the latest in a series of event where the president spoke to the base and what he said was music to the democratic base's years, talking about income despair itty and stronger union, tying the affordable care act into the theme. >> the idea that a child may neve
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 1:00pm EST
: in london with more from europe, including a clamp down on prostitution. the toughest laws in europe pass bpassed by the lower house. >> i'm in stockholm and i'll show you how this neck wrap could make the bike helmet the thing of the past. >> silence may be golden but not any more. the movie buffs on more of a classic era. >> we begin in ukraine where a two-week stand off is showing no signs of dying down. the government is afternooning protesters to end the blockade at the capitol. you can see tens of thousands remain on the streets. the situation has drowned criticism from n.a.t.o. and tough talks from their closest allies. bell' tal allies. we'e response, but first let's talk about what is happening behind you. >> reporter: yes again, thousands of people have come out into what is called independent square. the protest of the protests in the center of the city in defiance of their government calling for its resignation. and waving the flag of the european union in many cases. tonight the protesters have had a boost. the german ambassador has arrived. he was due for a conference,
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am EST
toughest laws in europe. >>> and i'm gabriel in brazil where the fifa final draw will be happening on friday, but everyone here is worried about the state of the stadium. ♪ >>> after ten days of anti-government protests in thailand the rallies appear to be thinning out, but it's temporary. demonstrators say that the fight will continue. earlier they marched to thai police headquarters in in bang cox where they handed over a letter demanding investigation into the death of four protesters. many have now joined the cleanup operation. the streets are littered are rubbish and debris. the king is staying at his summer palace, but first on the days' events in bangkok. >> reporter: in less than a day it went from rows of rye rot police to rows of street sweepers. like they have for the last ten days, these two pitched in. in previous days protesting. but today cleaning. traveling in from the privileged part of bangkok, the two have been friends for years. >> at least we make a point, and make our presence felt, and that even though the goal may be remote -- >> that goal being the resign
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm EST
have to be looking for a job while you are on them. the federal law kicks into place when the recession happened. it was a chance to given meshes more time to be on the benefits. up to 18 months. without this law, there's only about six months of unemployment, some have everybody less, so the democrats are trying to make a case that they need to be extended because they expire on december 28th. >> what's the reason response to this. >> well, house speaker today said if president obama has a plan on paper to extend them, he will take a look at it, so that is a little bit of a hint of some potential break through, however, he reviewed the republican perspective of it's about the economy, and we have a plan to improve the economy, and that's not related to social benefit programs. >> that we create more american jobs and better american wages. the republicans continue to focus on strengthening the economy for middle class families. that's why we passed nearly 150 bills many of them will help our economy, they are still sitting in the united states senate. so you hear a difference
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 11:00pm EST
earlier. >> your average viewer want's to actually understand how the health care law is going to help them or hurt them. >> they know they can get extremist bickering somewhere else. >> people say that we're revolutionary. our revolution is just going back to doing the best in journalism. >> this is the place to go watch high quality journalism, period. >> two former police officers are now on trial for beating the -- the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man in california. [screaming. >> the officers are facing charges from involuntary manslaughter to murder in the death of kelly thomas. two years ago, officers were seen on video punching and kicking the man at a bus depot. they say the man had been acting violently. another camera caught the reaction of witnesses nearby. >> all of this. >> what happened? >> i have no idea. i know what the guy did. they were pulling his hair, kicking the (bleep) out of him. >> really? >> yeah. >> in the video of the beating, kelly thomas can be heard screaming out for his father. ron thomas spoke with joey chin on "america tonight" about his s
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 8:00pm EST
more. the senator passed that means there were no objections an extension of this law. the house has already passed it, so we beat that midnight deadline, it goes to the president for his signature, he is traveling in south after ca, so it will be signed likely by auto pen, which is legit. it means the law becomes on the books. here is the deal, the law has been in place since 1988, because members of congress wanted to make sure any plastic guns contained at least one metal part. that way they cannot pass through a metal detector without setting often an alarm. that has been in place until now. so what restrictions were proposed? >> so this just continues the status quo. determines wanted to make sure these 3-d printer guns that you could create at home using a three d. printer would be outlaws. here is the deal, if you can product a plastic gun that has a removable metal component that means you can take it out and bass through a metal detector without anyone knowing that that little metal piece ultimately goes toward as gun. so they want add close a loophole that would disallow an
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
economics is empowering our workers. it's time to ensure our collective bargaining laws function as they are supposed to so unions have a level playing field to organize -- to organize for a better deal for workers, and better wages for the middle class. it's time to pass the paycheck fairness act so women will have better tools to fight pay discrimination. it's time to pass the employment non-discrimination act to worker can't be fired for who they are or who they love. [ applause ] >> and even though we're bringing manufacturing jobs back to america, we're creating more good-paying jobs in education and health care services, we know we're going to have a greater and greater portion of our people in the service sector, and we know that there are airport workers, and fast-food workers and nurse assistants, and retail salespeople who work their tails off. [ applause ] >> and are still living at or barely above poverty. and that's why it is well past the time to raise a minimum wage that is below where it was when harry truman was in office. [ applause ] >> this shouldn't be an idealo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
in the same week as restricted protest laws. millions are being forced out of their country in droves. a lack of food has left them it'so late. >> we have this report. >> hundreds of refugees from fighting and distribution in their country. they walked several kilometres in the cold in rain. this 80-year-old arrived with her mentally challenged son. food supplies have been cut off. bakeries have been destroyed. there's no food or drink. if people see someone with a loaf of bread, they bid like at an auction. most are poor and dest it ute and is have to pay smugglers to ensure the safe effort. the revies arrival was with nothing more than documents. for most they experienced the longest journey to safety. three months ago. these people were turned away at the boarder. know they do. >> >> translation: i am sure the camp is better than living under air strikes. we lost a lot of family members. >> syrians used to cross into jordan. heavy fighting prevented thousands crossing through. this longer, safer route is crossing near the border into iraq. this is why the number of daily arrivals h
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 11:00pm EST
management itself - we have two lawsuits filed, national action network, filed a law sued a few months ago. we repealed public at four, the emergency manager legislation. the governor came back with the same legislation, attached it to some money so it couldn't be repealed again, made it repeal proof. we feel the city of detroit never went into bankruptcy. you have to think about it like this: this mayor did not lead us into the bankruptcy. the city council never voted for bankruptcy. we feel it is illegal. on the other end of this the state and the city put $400 million together to build a new hockey arena here in the city of detroit. we are paying millions of dollars to jones a and lawyers, across the city of detroit and the nation, to to lead the bankruptcy... ..we are paying a lot of money out now that we could put in a place where we could make sure that we take care of the pensioners. >> we are talking $20 billion, not $400 million. >> yes, but what we have to understand is the nation is dealing with the same issue. cleveland and atlanta, la, are all dealing with the same
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm EST
attorney you're also an avid gamer. what laws do you think the government might have broken? >> well, i think the government's actions not only break the laws that are on the books but are unconstitutional as well. the government, you know a lot of this is based on the patriot act. but their interpretation of the patriot act is so strained, that some of the people who wrote it in the house, sensenbrenner for example, have acted to kind of repeal it or they've been very clear what their distaste for it for what's happened. their interpretation of it relies on some words of very -- some very particular words, that the statutory construction of which is a little bit shady. on top of that there are very major constitutional concerns, fourth amendment, fifth amendment concerns i think are a major issue. and for this to be you know largely in the past it's been very secretive. the court, the fic court has been very secretive. and to have so much secret law i think calls into question kind of the nature of what is legal, and of what is law. it's a problem for the constitutional and for -- cons
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
. the school's principal said student had been shot and was en route to the hospital. law enforcement officers were at the scene and they were observing all safety procedures. we'll bring you more information as we get it. >>> in a matter of just ten days the nation will mark the one year anniversary of the sandy hook massacre. today brought a painful remind reminder. prosecutors have released 911 called. al jazeera will not air those calls. >> reporter: we did listen to seven calls shortly after fires were shot inside sandy hook elementary school. a woman called the police dispatcher and said she had glimpsed someone running down the hall with a gun saying they were still shooting. and glass had been shot out but the school was on lock down. officers entered the school nine minutes after the 911 call. by then the shooting was over and adam lanza had killed himself after takings lives of 20 children and six educators. >> we're not playing the calls and for obvious reasons, but i'm still curious as to the tone of the calls you listened to. >> reporter: some of them were calm. the custo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00am EST
empowered them and the country to emerge from their laws. >> what have you taken from his leadership? >> unity. that's the most important thing. >> peace, reconciliation, that was the message, a message we have to teach our children and our children's children. >> this was not about sadness or mourning, it was about honour, remembering his generosity and spirit. >> this is a gift. >> your struggle. your commitment, and your discipline has released me to stand before you today. >> he's an example to all of us >> to black and white south africans. >> we are the same. the only thing that separates us is a pigment in our skin. it means nothing. we are all the same, and are driven by the same things in the same way. >> so maybe, just maybe that long walk to freedom is a little shorter thanks to tata. >> nelson mandela's legacy can be heard in the children's voices of soweto, to the smiles the elderly who never thought they'd live to see the day that equality became law. he touched many lives, some more personal or lasting than any of us could have expected. i had the honour of meeting nel
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 11:00am EST
. their council will argue that state law prohibits a bankruptcy court from impairing their rights. that's what the negotiation will be about before there's any litigation. >> okay. and i just want to clarify that this ruling is happening right now, and the judge is still talking about his reasoning. but we know he appears to have approved the eligibility. isn't there something -- is this bankruptcy the only path for detroit? was this the only way out in your estimation? >> yes. the fact is there are serious financial problems facing the city. they have to be fixed, and the reason that i say it's the only path, it's the only effective path to fix the problem. other cities have avoided it, but what i suspect is the problem with detroit, there are too many players, the liabilities are too big, too many competing interests, and if there's any chance of fixing them, chapter 9 represents it. >> i understand the next step is the emergency manager needs to submit a plan on how detroit will come out of this. how soon might we see that plan submitted? >> according to the news reports, he pr
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
january 1st when the law kicks in. >> all those procrastinators will start to enroll. mike viqueira live, mike, thank you. >> meteorologist: i'm meteorologist dave warren. the problem is in the southern plains. wichita is just above a quarter mile visibility that has caused a number of road accidents along 45 and 40. headlights barely visible, and that's because of visibility is down. it could be clear and then you run into dense fog. so take your time on the roadways there. the radar plus the cloud shows that it's clear. it's the low clouds and fog in place here. but the radar plus clouds is changing in the northwest. as the storm moves in it will impact weather across the country. and we'll have all the details coming up on the national forecast. >> thank you. coming up, tensions escalate as anti-government escalations take a violent turn in thailand. plus one of the four olympic gold medals won by track and star field jesse owens at the berlin games is up for auction. >> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. egyptian police fire tear gas to disperse hundreds of de
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 2:00pm EST
have a piece of metal in a plastic gun. that's essentially what the law reads. but it's detachable, chuck schumer wants to make it undetachable. doesn't go far in the united states congress del. >> mike viqueria our white house correspondent thank you very much. >> all righty. >> president obama is heading to south africa to head the delegation hong honoring former president nelson mandela. with him are first lady michelle obama and presidents clinton and carter are expected to attend the services. george h.w. bush will be the only living u.s. president who will not be in attendance. the town where the former president grew up, workers are setting up a massive dome ahead of the state funeral which takes place on sunday. nelson mandela will lie in state at pretoria. from wednesday through sun. desmond tutu, the nelson mandela center, hosting a service to celebrate the iconic leader. as allen schauffler, reports: >> this is nelson mandela square one of the tribute sites set up around this country. it is also the heart of high end retail in johannesburg in one of the richest districts
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00am EST
law the price of a gallon of milk could double some $7 a gallon. that will hit home especially if unemployment extended unemployment benefits are not extended by this congress. the people taking it in the next one more time. those in the lower income groups. >> and trying to keep up technology. the senate working on a plastic gun ban. >> reporter: this is something that has been in place since the reagan administration, but gun control advocates say there is a problem. what has to happen, any gun that is predominantly made of plastic has to have a metal part to make it secure. one problem is that that metal, that piece of metal under current law can be easily detached. for any reason someone would want to do something like than there is a proposal to make that put in plastic guns. that's likely to fail. >> and you and i know that they will take their vacation , but t seems to america that congress is doing less and less and they're on vacation more and more. >> reporter: when you include the post office namings, and profunctory items, in there is no question. they come in for two
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 2:00am EST
always said i would work with anyone to implement this law. if you have good ideas, bring them to me. let's go. but we are not repealing it as long as i'm president. [ clapping ] >> >> the president's speech kicked off the administration's three week inspirational campaign about healthcare reform, sign up for individuals who want coverage next year, is the 23rd. >>> hello, we are looking at dangerous conditions on the road in terms of the northern plains and the border states. look at the know on the radar summary. this is causing a problem because it's accumulating as well as the visibilities are coming down. across the north-west we don't expect the snow it linger. we did a snow earlier. that was across washington, down to nevada, fading out. our focus will be over here towards the east over the next day. still cool across parts of seattle. not a lot of rain or snow. it's the cooler temperatures going below freezing every night. looks like saturday will bet the coldest day. we had rain pushing across parts of california, utah and snow - of course, the higher elevati s elevations. i
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 3:00am EST
and it it's operating fully inside the law. mexican police have found a truck of radioactive material, stolen on the way to a decommissioning sites. whoever opened the container were exposed to lethal levels of radiation and are in danger of dying within days. adam raney has more. >> soldiers and police cordoned off the area where the stolen goods were found. there's no risk as long as people say clear of the material. some residents are not convinced. >> translation: there's danger of radioactive exposure. we don't know how far it could go. it could kill you and spread several kilometres. >> the cobalt was encased but someone opened the container. officials say thieves opened it. an emergency worker says others may have been exposed. >> translation: people say they found it and decided to bring it home so they could open it. they were thinking of selling it as scrap metal. >> this is the gas station where the gunmen stole the truck. the driver was sleeping officials say they don't think the thieves knew what they were stealing. this is the largest amount of radioactive material stole
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm EST
president that it's new air defense zone in the east china sea is within international law. they are in talks before heading to south korea. washington refusing to recognize the zone. china wants pilots to tell them their flight plans. which cover as chain of disputed islands. >> tie hand's king has urged the nation to work together for stability, in a speech delivered on hiss 86th birthday. it is likely to be a temporary reprieve. >> this was a day to fill the streets and at least try to put politics aside. tens of thousands of ties came out to see they beloved king. >> i am happy to be here celebrating his birthday, i wish he could be with us forever. >> concern grows about the health of the 86-year-old who is recorded as the father of the nation. he made a brief address and spoke of the need to insure stability. >> it's said that the king is about politics, but in thailand it is never far away. the scenes of celebration were in stark contrast for the violence on the streets last week. protestors are calming for the government to go. a truce is negotiated as a mark of respect to th
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 1:00pm EST
happen to european integration, on the other hand, the laws were broken on both sides we need to assess the situation, and those who are guilty, must be held responsible for that. >> just a few hours earlier, before dawn, police moved in to break up lines of protestors and their barricades, around the presidency, parliament, and the cabinet office as a deadline expired for them to leave. several people including police were injured. but the main protests in independence square goes on. particularly as both sides believe they can win, and each have their international backers. >> progress was not helped with the release of 24 video, which the largest opposition group, says shows police breaking into their headquarters. they took away a computer server. >> the protestors camping out are now facing temperatures as low as minus 15. they are not hopeful about talks. >> i don't expect anything good to tell the truth. even if there are negotiations i don't expect a positive outcome. >> if he has something to tell us, he should come on stage and speak to us. i don't think they will be ab
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
undiscovered energy resources. plus new groundbreaking technology used by law enforcement to bring down criminals and the crime rate. that's next on al jazeera. >> they are some of the meanest streets in the country. two cities where the california dream has really been fading into a reality of crime, but oakland and richmond, california, are fighting back. not with boots on the ground, but with bots. technologhat can track a gunshot from thousands of miles away. "techknow's" lindsay moran spent time on the ground to find out how this works. >> reporter: oakland and richmond is a network of high tech ears. acoustic sensors that could be a game changing in reducing gun violence. it's part of "shot spotter." within seconds after a gun is fired the system pinpoints the location, and alerts police dispatchers and patrol units. >> the first thing it shows is that there were multiple gunshot fires and give us pinpoint location. i almost have realtime information where shots are being fired and where i'm going. >> here's how it works. when a gun is fired, the sound is picked up and recorded by
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 10:00am EST
-in-law of the shinawatra. delivering another firing speech in front of the protesters. >> today we have done the best in thailand. this will enable us to change thailand and reform thailand for the future of the country. but apart from house dissolution nothing has changed. the protesters look like they're settling in for another long fight, although this was supposed to be the final day. al jazeera, bangkok. >> a difficult choice. a group in somalia choose between rebel fighters and letting families go hungry. >>> change is demanded in washington. >> and announcements later in the program. first in egypt more than 50 students have been arrested after a violent protest at universities in cairo. opportunities were demonstrating in support of the post president mohammed morsi and several police cars were set on fire. students have been demonstrat dg for months now and they're calling for the release of dozens of students who have been arrested and held without charges. protests escalated after medical students were killed by security forces last month. >> it has been students protest
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 5:00am EST
for the metropolitan police in bangkok and has seen some of the worst protests and law enforcement classes over the last couple of days and we were there when they pulled down the bash wire together and protesters and police officers and a steady flow of protesters walked down the streets and into the grounds of the police headquarters and further down the street into the government house and that is where the prime minister has her office. the police got the order to allow the protesters in the compounds of the very symbolic buildings but not allowed in the buildings themselves, that was a compromise if you will between the protesters and protest leaders and the law enforcement officials. that is because the protest leaders said he wanted to take down the government and take over government house but at least put now he can say he got in the ground and gave a speech behind me a couple hours ago where he said it was a partial victory for this movement but the fight continues and probably will pick backup at the end of the week. >> reporter: he remains very defiant, what exactly are
Al Jazeera America
Dec 2, 2013 6:00pm EST
held a demonstration in alexandria. police and people are protesting against the new law that prohibits the right to protest. the law is viewed as a tactic to decrease demonstrations supporting the post president mohammed morsi. it will requires a police permit for protests. >>> we have had cold air and some strong winds moving through the west as our winter storm is headed in, in mount bachelor in central oregon. you have 11 inches of fresh snow. crystal mountain around mount ranier, a beautiful ski resort, a beautiful day. a couple of folks out there. a lot of powder snow at the highest, over 6,000 feet has come in. nine inches of fresh snow. in 24 hours, we had a total of 15 inches, but 48 hours of this particular system coming up and we've got 20 inches of fresh snow. temperatures as we look at them in the west, 45 for seattle. now get ready to get quite cold tonight. we are anticipating even colder air. it's modified arctic air dropping down out of the north, south watched. as that happens, high temperatures will fall and we expect much of the west to be 20 to 30 degrees below the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 5:00am EST
russian results from inconclusive. in france the law prohibits the publication of the french report. it makes it difficult to work out. there's indications that there's a separate track that judges are pursuing. they are looking into the issue of who may have killed arafat. judges are seeking the question. that suggests this investigation is not over. >> joining us now is the palestine liberation organization chief negotiators. thank you for taking the time to speak to us. the french have ruled out the fact that yasser arafat was poisoned, and said he died of national causes. the swiss say levels found were 18 to 36 times higher much which of the two approaches do you find more credible - the french or the swiss? >> well, number one, we have not received anything officially, the french authorities. i was in touch with the president, and the head of our security investigation committee minutes ago. and it was confirmed to me that the french has not officially contact us and notified us of any results. they don't spoke to us about it, so it's difficult to speculate on media reports. i
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 11:00pm EST
outrage. the state department expressed concern over the new law requiring demonstrators to get government permission. >> i talk to a professor live from boston. do you think the united states is stern enough with egypt. >> we have little leverage. what we need to do is declare the values that the u.s. stands for, including freedom of speech, assembly, the right to due process but any influence would have to happen behind closed doors. it shouldn't be public, it should be through the personal channels between secretary and general abdul fatah al-sisi. >> we have seen high profile visits by american officials. do you think any of that behind the scenes jockeying is getting anywhere with the egyptian government. >> there's little evidence of that. again, it's not clear what leverage exists for the u.s. although personal relations in the military, there are close personal relations in top echelons of the military. >> events in egypt are being driven by political activities. it's hard for the u.s. to dictate what happened. people are sensitive to anything that seems like it's dictat
Al Jazeera America
Dec 3, 2013 4:00pm EST
average viewer want's to actually understand how the health care law is going to help them or hurt them. >> they know they can get extremist bickering somewhere else. >> people say that we're revolutionary. our revolution is just going back to doing the best in journalism. >> this is the place to go watch high quality journalism, period. >> start with one issue ad guests on all sides of the debate. and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story next only on al jazeera america new test scores show american students just aren't making the grade. the study compares u.s. teens to piers in other countries. >> not a big surprise, but also not encouraging. tests showing american students are lagging. the program for international student assessment, testing 15-year-olds around the world. now top scorers were in asian countries. united states is actually in the middle of the packet, did not even crack the top 20. in fact, only 9% of teens scored in the top two levels of math, compare that to shanghai. but also places like czech rep
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm EST
following the step of the late president hugo chavez, announcing government plan, passing laws. he's given out his phone number to connect with the people live on tv. [ speaking foreign language ] >> the president claims to be the son. >> translation: i was able to interpret the soul of the commander. that marks the profile of my personality. he left an imprint on what i do and what is left to do. >> trying to be chavez is hard. he was a media master. he led his socialist revolution over the air waves with unparalleled charm. >> trans: chavez was a funny guy with a great sense of humour. you could be against him but realise he was witty. nicolas maduro doesn't have that. he's portraying himself in the media as being strong, bellagerent, aggressive. >> anyone will say that chavez is irreplaceable. the strategy is to present nicolas maduro like chavez to ensure continuity in the government. >> it's working for chavez's revolution to continue. there is report for nicolas maduro, because chavez said so. >> translation: the president was intel gent. he said nicolas maduro was the successo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 4, 2013 6:00am EST
employees to waive their rights to file class action law suits, helping to avoid costly court cases about overtime and wage issues. workers will not be able to ban together over workplace disputes. >> the midwest rapped in a chill. let's go to nicole mitchell, meteorologist. >>> good morning, the temperatures dropped scantly after the last few days, and going down more as we head to the weekend. look at the national pictures. parts of colorado, and into the northern area of minnesota. that's where we have seen a couple of persistent bands. if you go back not to 5am yesterday or 5am the day before. you have consistent know since then, and the totals, places north, like two harbours over two feet. you may think it sounds awful and there has been a lot of accidents. people are starting to rack up the cross country skiing. more on the way today. as we go over time, it's blowing. temperatures are dropping and we have at winter storm warnings up. it is spreading south. some places to the south where we see fog. the combination of the warm hair, dense fog, arkansas and texas, we saw some of this
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 2:00pm EST
opinion over his signature healthcare law. his approval ratings are at all time lows. a outside advisor to the president since 2008. >> the senator today confirming the president's first judicial nominee, patricia millet was confirmed by a vote. and the vote was mostly along party lines with the democratting holding the majority, in the past republicans filibuster to block those votes but the new rules made today's vote possible. when while, the fist session coming to a close, but there is still a lot to be done before they head home for the holidays. several major pieces still need to be approved including the budget and the farm bill. our correspondent is in washington, and mike, all eyes are on that farm bill, because if it is not past, thousanded could lose their food stamps right before the holidays. >> there's a whole host of repercussions. one of those typical bills that not many people pay attention to, but there are billions of dollars at stake, and they say they are old programs that have been in place for decades, therm meant as a social safety net. some are getting subsidies
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Dec 3, 2013 2:00pm EST
to make christmas presents for needy children. the toys will be distributed by law enforcement groups to churches and other charities. the prisoners make an estimated 5,000 toys every year. thank you for watching al jazeera america, stephanie cy earth rise is next, and you can get updates throughout the day on aljazeera.com. . (footballnames.ecl) >>> i'm amanda purr row. >> i'm in the jordan valley looking at how simple principles are bringing the desert to life. >> i'm in new york, where
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Dec 9, 2013 3:00am EST
, the political tension. we have seen violent exchanges between the government protesters and law enforcement over the last two weeks. today a lot of people were on the streets. doesn't appear that there will be clashes. but what remains is tension on the political front. these people and the dtens of thousands around me want yingluck shinawatra to step down. she has dissolved parliament but that is not enough. the protesters want the end of a shinawatra involvement - meaning the political party. it will be tens. what we are seeing on the streets will shift to political tension and a focus on that, trying to resolve that. we walked around here carnival-like atmosphere. you can't walk 100 metres without coming past trucks. a lot of people view this as a victory but it's not the ultimate goal. if there's a carnival atmosphere at the moment, there it change. will they hold an election, which the opposition will probably not win. is that enough for the protesters. >> i think for the moment they are satisfied. this was billed as a move by the anti-government protesters. the leader is s
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Dec 3, 2013 3:00am EST
farming industry and poor consumers. the indian government adopted a law guaranteeing two-thirds of poor people 5 kilograms of rice a month. the program could cost the government $20 billion, it's far above the current limits set. developed countries want those limits. >> we have millions that go bed hungry and don't have one square meal a day. until that happens, i can't see the issue of subsidies going, and the world trade organization should not pressurise national government. >> the indian government doesn't want to see a return to the days of independence when it asked the international community for food. since then indians worked hard to prove they can feed their home. the indian government now says it won't be dictated to by the international community on how to feed the most vulnerable in the society. >> swedish automaker saab produced a new car 2.5 years after shutting down production due to financial trouble. it hopes it will be the first in a series of new models, including electrically powered vehicles. the dutch owners filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and was saved by a ho
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Dec 10, 2013 3:00am EST
, black, others. south africans are united. everyone is equal in the eyes of the law - blacks, whites, we live and work together. a lot of work needs to be done. some progress has been made. he'll be happy about that. >> we are seeing pictures of former south african president f.w. de klerk, who early was the leader of the national party before nelson mandela became president for five years. >> all are making their way into the stadium i head of the ceremonies due to take place in the next few hours. we will bring you rolling coverage of the sir moanies as they happen. >> now, france's defence ministery confirmed two soldiers were killed in the central african republic, as troops began operations to disarm rebels in bangui. they are trying to strip rival groups after days of attacks that left hundreds dead. we are joined on a line from the capital bangui. nazanine moshiri what do we know about the attacks? >> all we know is what the ministry of defense is telling us. that a few french soldiers were killed. there are a number of soldiers in bangui, but there's a contingent in the town nort
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Dec 2, 2013 5:00am EST
unhappy when she tried to introduce an amnesty law and brother and former brother return to the country. these are live pictures from bangkok where there has been violence between police and protesters already, people are on the streets but the rallies has not gained momentum in the past few days and there is an olive branch and she says she is open to talks. >> translator: i insist on opening every avenue to find the solution and i'm open for negotiations. police officers will not use violence but it's necessary for us to protect the government buildings because all the government buildings are used to serve 60 million ties. >> reporter: protesters have been marching to the metropolitan police headquarters which say violence on sunday. government complexes, the main protest compound where the rally leader has been giving speeches and this is government's house. the prime minister's office which is heavily fortified to stop protesters from breaking in. and al jazeera's scott is there and, scott, you said all options are open but what the protesters are demanding is not constitutional. w
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00pm EST
widespread outrage. this comes after a new law banning protests without government permission. we have been following this crackdown for time magazine. we are joined from cairo via skype. thanks for being with us today. >> thank you. >> with these women released with, do you accepts a shift in the government? do you think they may be softening their stance a little? >> it's important to make a distinction here. a lot of it depends on the prerogative of the individual judge in this case and what we saw here is that the judge iníñ the initial case handed down a set of sentences that were particularly harsh, and that caused the public's imagination, and that, i think, caused significant shift in public opinion, which weighed on the government and i think probably weighed on this judge's mind when he was making this second ruling, but yes, it is important to stress that this is coming into can text of a broader clamp down on political protests in the street and the same week that those sentences were handed down, the military-led government implemented a law that prohibits all public pro
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Dec 10, 2013 10:00am EST
is not going to prison at least today because he is appealing, and under the law he can go home. and what impact will those impacts have on the long-term health of those that were fitted. >>> i'll be back with more news from europe later on this hour. let's get back to doreen in doha. >> thank you. five policemen have shot dead in northeast kenya. gunmen opened fire. at least two other officers were injured, and it's not known who was behind the attack. >>> meanwhile, kenya is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its independence from britain. al jazeera's peter grefca reports. >> reporter: as 2004 came to a close, the people of sudan celebrated what was then the end of africa's longest civil war. they signed a peace agreement not on their own territory but in northern kenya. this moment also belonged to kenya. quietly behind the scenes, the kenyan government at times bullied the two sides into talking together. the fact that they signed at all was a credit to kenya's foreign policy. >> the president -- >> reporter: the widow remembers the time well, including late-night calls
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Dec 5, 2013 10:00am EST
is within international law. joe biden is in beijing. washington refuses to recognize the zone. china wants pilots to tell them flight plans before they fly through the zones, which covers you a chain of disputed islands. >> as biden wrapped up this difficult and sometimes tense visit to china, it proved to the issue that refused to go away, the continuing travesty over china's air defense zone. in a meeting in beijing, biden said it is causing significant apprehension and reiterated america's position that they were opposed to. >> and did not no, sir it. he revealed that in talks behind closed doors when it came to this issue, did he say spy the smiles, the friendship that first between the two men, he was very dialects in putting forward america's position. china's reiterated that it was within international law. right until the end of this visit, this issue has dominated the proceedings. biden now goes on to south korea for talks there, north korea, the north korean crisis tops in those talks. when it came to evaluating who won, who lost, who benefited most, it is interestin
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Dec 2, 2013 1:00pm EST
the people. this provision doesn't exist under constitutional law. that's why it doesn't mean that we say no but this negotiation we don't know how to make it happen. >> in the meantime the immediate aims of those fieding here are far more clear and more specific. >> this is not a crowd dispersal operation. it is a case of the protestors using whatever and doing whatever they can to push inside that area and the police are holding their line. also tear gas, rubber bullet and water cannon laced are, fans to blow away the tear gas, plastic bags so they don't breathe it in. no signs of giving up but the assault is seeming to make no headway. wayne hay, al jazeera bangkok. >>> on other news, priem mints nij-- prime minister najib hakata, of nigeria says the instability is being fueled by the war in syria. andrew simmons, in beirut for us. andrew, tensions have already existed in tripoli, tensions aggravated by the civil war in syria. will the army be able to bring back security? >> well, it will be very difficult. but this is uncharted waters for the lebanese government. there's been it w
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Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm EST
former regime of thaksin shinawatra, the form he priermts. >>> the brother-in-law of thaiksin shinawatra. he delivered another fiery speech among tens of thousands of supporters and repeated his call for a reform committee to run the country. this means that from now on the people will appoint a people's prime minister and a people's government. from now on we will have the people's counsel doing the legislating. >> the protestors ago seem like they're settling in for another long fight even though this was supposed to be their last day. wayne hay, bangkok. >>> trip is intended to repair regulations between the two countries. but as zintai thai records from islamabad, this was mired in controversy. >> this is the first time, u.s. secretary of defense chuck hagel came for talks with noa sharif. including the u.s. raid in which osama bin laden was captured and killed. >> this is not a one off trip. this is part of a series of high level meetings between washington and islamabad, secretary kerry was here previously and the fact that these high level officials are going and coming means that
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Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
with anybody to employment anemployment -- implement and improve this law effectively. >> deffectively. do you have good ideas in. bring them to me and let's go. it's part of a white house strategy to promote healthcare until december 23rd. mike viqueira was there at the president's speech and he joins us to the white house. >> we are not going back, john, that is what president obama said he was talking about the days before the affordable care ability when 41 million americans were uninsured. what the president was trying to do se essentially is saying we e not going back to the last two months. the president's healthcare.gov website where folks go on the individual market place to get insurance has been a disaster. and the president now believes that they have turned -- that is what he was trying to do is get back on offense here. he has nervous democrats and look being ingandlooking at whae gubernatorial race a few weeks ago. and there is the three week window. if you are going to sign up and have it effective by january 1st you have to sign up in three weeks. >> john? this pr camp
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Dec 4, 2013 2:00pm EST
many quarters because of the small number of actual laws that they have been able to pass. we saw them push back today, a lot of blame getting thrown out around. and john boehner pointed the finger at democrats and the counterpoint from president obama and other democrats saying there needs to be more bipartisanship and the republicans are the cause of trouble here in washington. but a lot of issues have been on the table for a long time. the farm bill has been in talks for months and a couple of key issues keep getting in the way and republicans and democrats cannot agree on them. one example is food stamps. there are cuts on the table. how deep those cuts should go is the question of real debate. >> libby casey reporting from capitol hill. thank you. and food stamps one of the issues president obama was talking about today. he said the income gap between rich and poor americans keeps growing. during a major speech in washington, income inequality is jeffer dieing the middle class and he wants to make sure that the economy works for everyone. who was this speech directed at. >> r
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Dec 8, 2013 3:00am EST
them to work within international law and convention. coincidentally when china set up its own air defense zone which brought about this counter rise in tensions, it says and maintains that it was working within the international law. although of that it's disputed by many others. >> thank you, rob mcbride. >> in the occupied west bank a 15-year-old has been killed whilst playing football and he was shot in the back. the family is blaming the israeli military for his death. they are investigating. >> sudan's vice president resigned as part of a cabinet reshuffle. he was an important figure behind the 1994 coup that brought president basheer to power. he was a negotiator in an agreement that ended the civil war in 2005. >> ukraine protesters are calling for marches for three weeks. they've been on the streets despite freezing temperatures. thousands demonstrated in kiev's independence square. >> south africans are uniting in of reflection in memory of l day nelson mandela. at his family home people are mourning. nelson mandela died this week at 95. u. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-m
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Dec 8, 2013 2:00am EST
small. >> the los angeles city council just passed a law that requires a licence to sell the cigarettes, and ban sales on the streets in kiosks and vending machines. it's to discourage sales to minors. e-cigarettes are marketed to young people. especially in flavours like bubble gum and cotton candy. >> regulations is catching up with electronic cigarettes. three states are treating them like cigarettes. 100 cities, los angeles among onic cigarettes. los angeles is considering another bill banning the use of ecigarettes in places where tobacco is limited. the "the los angeles times" said there's not enough evidence of harm to restrict them, saying fear is not a good basis for regulation, research is. >> until there is more conclusive research, government agencies should be wary of overreacting. it's not an overreaction. >> we don't know what the dangers of using them might be. we wanted to err on the side of caution. adam phramany says it's good to keep them away from kids. we are trying to help people get off tobacco product. >> free-wheeling days may be over as government a
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Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
commitment to democracy and rule of law, ratified by his election and willingness to step down from power only after one term. given the sweet of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he earned and it's tempting to remember nelson mandela as an icon and smiling and serene, detached from the affairs of men but mediva himself strongly resisted such a lifeless fortress. [cheers] instead, mediva insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears, his miss calculations, along with his victories. i am not a saint he said unless you think of a saint as an sinner who keeps on trying. and that is precisely because he could admit to imperfection and he could be so full of good humor and even mischeif and the burdens he carried that we loved him so and he was not a bus made of marble, he was flesh and blood and father and friend and that is why we learned so much from him and that is why we can learn from him still, for nothing he achieved was inevitable in the arc of his life we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shroodness and persistence and
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
recordings are not exempt from public information laws and the state wanted to protect survivors of the shooting and loved ones of the 26 victims and the town of newtown said the tape also be released on wednesday. the northern plains in north midwest are dealing with cold temperatures but it's about to get much worse and let's bring in nicole mitchell. >> we have a brutal system coming from canada pulling the air down and it moved through the dakotas and starting to move into nebraska with all the moisture along with it but the cold air is going to take a couple days to really settle in. so if you are getting a taste of the cold air and saying this is it, no, wait until thursday and friday morning and even into the weekend and that is when we will see the worst of it but we have had widespread areas of snow and some is heavy snow and places like arrow head in minnesota could get a foot and a half and a couple places isolated two feet of snow so that is almost up to waist high you will be digging out of. widespread and you get the cold and the wind. the wind will be blowing it so in
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Dec 8, 2013 1:00pm EST
swedish law. >> reporter: doing that is becoming more challenging. within the next few years, sweden's elderly outnumber care givers and facilities. it calls on local municipalities to find creative solutions, and technology is playing a leading role. this is the future of elderly care. a machine that lives with you in your own home. it keeps an eye on you and relatives and medical help are just a click away. giraffe allows you to enter a home from the computer via the internet and conduct visits with your loved ones. if i was your granny what can you do for me? >> take a look at the kitchen and look at the counter and sink and see if this person is able to take care of themselves and live independently. >> if granny gets tired of you, can she say good-bye. >> she can say good-bye. >> see you later. they have been using different electronic care solutions for the elderly, and the giraffe is one of the popular ones. >> people started to tell me a lot of situations where they could be more i understand pnt and gain integrity if they could have this giraffe in their home. >> rep
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Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
boycott to school. he moved to johann studies law, and joins the african national congress, a political party and resistence moving fighting the segregation that was so deeply divisive. that passed laws taking segregation to an extreme. >> celebrated 3 million people to black homelands. denying their right to vote and travel. stripping them of citizen ship. nelson mandela was only 30. he soon became convinces peaceful demonstrations would never be enough to uproot the oppressive racist structure, so he helped form and run an armed guerilla movement. a campaign of bombings and sabotage against government targets in the early 60's, led to his arrest and prosecution, along with others in the movement. convicted by spared a death sentence, mandela would spend more than a quarter of a century, 27 years behind prison walls. 18 of those at the notorious robin island. through repression, and the violence focus the attention of the world on s racism.depth of south boycottability a the economy became the most famous prisoner in the world. the powerful international condemnation, and growing domes
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